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Luring Incident Under Investigation in New Milford

A 17-year-old female resident reported being approached by an unknown white male in a car Thursday on Henley Avenue.

New Milford Police are investigating a possible luring incident that occurred around 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Henley Avenue.

According to Police Chief Frank Papapietro, a 17-year old female reported that after stepping off her school bus at Henley Avenue and Boulevard, she was approached by male in a silver four-door sedan with a squared off front and rear design who asked her if she wanted a ride.

"The victim refused and continued walking thinking nothing further about the incident until she mentioned it later that evening to her family and realized there were other incidents in the area," Papapietro said.

The driver was described as a white male in his mid-40's with a prominently large nose, Papapietro said. He was further described as having short brown hair, brown eyes, bushy eyebrows and a round face. He was wearing a black jacket.

Papapietro said that the victim will be coming to the New Milford Police Department Friday to be re-interviewed by detectives and meet with a sketch artist.

"As soon as we have the sketch I will be releasing it," Papapietro said.

The report of this incident follows on the heels of other potential luring incidents that have recently occurred in the area. Westwood Police are searching for a man involved in a "potential luring incident" that occurred Thursday morning when a Westwood Jr./Sr. High School student was walking to school. A man driving a gray four-door hatchback allegedly stopped and offered the girl a ride. She declined and reported the incident when she got to school.

Oradell Police are investigating a potential luring incident after a seven-year-old resident reported being approached by an unknown white male outside of her home last week.

Ridgewood police are investigating a report that three men tried to lure a George Washington Middle School student into a car as she walked home from school on October 13.

Prior to that, an incident was reported in Maywood when a middle-aged man approached a young girl asking her to come "see his puppies."

Papapietro urges anyone with information to contact the New Milford Police Department at 201-261-1400.

Papapietro said that in light of these recent incidents, parents should remind their children they should never talk to strangers and never get into a car with someone that they don't know.

"New Milford Police are taking every precaution to protect the children of our town," Papapietro said.

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tony g2010 October 19, 2012 at 04:53 PM
With everyone having a camera on their phone, I am curious why no one has snapped a picture of the license plate? I realize that safety is paramount, but shouldn't the school resource officers be provinding students with some guidence and best practices on helping to identify these potential predators. Just because one kid gets away, doesn't mean the next is going to be so lucky.
Concerned about Tax dollars October 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
why didnt this girl know what was going on ??
Maria Calautti Bullaro October 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Someone has to take a picture. How many different cars can this guy have??
tony g2010 October 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Citizens need to be aware, if you are driving and you see a car pull over to approach some kid, pull in behind and observe what is going on. If it is their parent or someone who knows them they will appreciate the concern, if it isn't you could snap a photo of the license plate or follow the car while call the police. Same goes for school bus drivers, if they feel like they are being followed, they too should get involved and look out for the kids.
donna dzadik October 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I also tell the kids to walk on the incoming traffic especially if u r listening to ur ipod or phone always have ur ear opened with nothing in it close to street .I'm a crossing guard and I tell the kids always even before this creep came about. I'm sorry to the parents for me telling the kids this but they need to be aware and sometimes hearing it from a crossing guard that might listen. Please catch this sick bastard before anything happened
another concerned citizen October 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
i'm sure when you are a kid and you are scared or nervous, your first thought is not to stop and take a picture, but rather to get away...we are talking about kids here
tony g2010 October 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
"The victim refused and continued walking thinking nothing further about the incident until she mentioned it later that evening to her family and realized there were other incidents in the area," Papapietro said. Sounds like she was terrified.
butterflies8649@yahoo.com October 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Agree the child sounded oblivious to the dangers. Children of ALL AGES need to be more aware and not so distracted by their phones, ipods, etc. Especially the kids walking alone. PARENTS NEED TO CONTINUE TO EDUCATE no matter the age. Never assume your child knows better. Tony like your comment re: watching cars pulling over to kids.
another concerned citizen October 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Often the newpapers don't get the story right. Kids don't always think. If she did not in fact feel threatened, why would she take a picture?
Tracey October 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
God forbid a kid does manage to get a pic and this nutjob decides to go after him or her to prevent that pic from getting out! Safety first; get the hell away from this lunatic. Trying to get the license plate, even a partial number would be a hell of a lot safer than trying to snap a picture...
doodles October 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM
With Halloween approaching hope the kids and parents take every precaution .That wacko might even dress up for Haloween try to lure kids.

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